The Modernity of Premodern Islam in Contemporary Daghestan

Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 161-183, 2011

23 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2010 Last revised: 23 Sep 2012

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Rebecca Gould

Professor, Islamic World & Comparative Literature, College of Arts & Law, University of Birmingham; Harvard University - Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Date Written: December 22, 2010

Abstract

This essay studies the relations between past and present forms of Islam in the Republic of Daghestan, situated in the northern Caucasus (present day Russia). I show how Daghestani urban and rural geographies demonstrate that the post-Soviet turn to Islam looks beyond colonial legacies, seeking meaning in a post-secular present. From Islamic bookstores to scholarly archives, I explore the historical background of Daghestan’s long-standing encounter with the Arabo-Islamic world and seek through a diverse series of ethnographic reflections to contribute to the theorization of modernity in contemporary Islamic societies.

Keywords: Daghestan, Dagestan, Arabic, the Caucasus, Islam, Russo-Chechen War, modernity, secularity

Suggested Citation

Gould, Rebecca Ruth, The Modernity of Premodern Islam in Contemporary Daghestan (December 22, 2010). Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 161-183, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1729601 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1729601

Rebecca Ruth Gould (Contact Author)

Professor, Islamic World & Comparative Literature, College of Arts & Law, University of Birmingham ( email )

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